This historical neighbourhood is home to some of the city’s best restaurants, bars, and ice cream parlours, meaning it’s always abuzz with lively locals and tourists alike searching for the best place to set up shop and enjoy food and drink in the open air.
Here are the best patios in Gastown.
The back alley patio at Taco Bar, the sit-down restaurant at the Tacofino Gastown, is a wonderful, sunny spot to take in the Gastown vibe as well as sample an array of Tacofino’s popular Mexican-inspired fare. Located on one of the quieter back streets of Gastown, under strung up bare bulbs, the 16-seat patio is super cool and casual. Built with a two-way entrance, you can enter from either West Cordova Street, where the restaurant’s walk-up window Burrito Bar lays claim or through Blood Alley Square.
Address: 15 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver
Local’s second location opened earlier this year and replaced the Chill Winston. The patio faces Alexander and Water Street and is perfect for large groups on a sunny day to sit and people watch in Gastown. Hit this patio for their food and extensive beer and cocktail lists.
Address: 3 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Coquille is new to the list, only opening earlier this year and serves up fine dining seafood. Their happy hour can be enjoyed on the patio which overlooks Water Street.
Address: 181 Carrall Street, Vancouver
The Lamplighter Public House’s Water Street corner location and hang-out vibe make their patio a draw during the day and the evening. Head to this popular Donnelly Group watering hole and hit the patio for their casual bites or extensive cocktail and beer menu.
Address: 92 Water Street, Vancouver
Six Acres offers a great menu (full of comforting gastropub classics) and drinks list to be enjoyed out on its street-facing patio. This is a casual open-air spot to chill out with cocktails and beers in hand.
Address: 203 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Located near Maple Tree Square, the patio at Peckinpah is a laid-back spot perfect for enjoying the Carolina-style BBQ plates dished up on warm summer nights. To complete the picture add a whiskey flight to your order.
Address: 2 Water Street, Vancouver
Water St. Cafe offers diners a staple view from its slender wraparound patio. Located directly across the street from the Gastown Steam Clock, the patio is not only the ideal place to indulge in delectable Pacific North West cuisine but also a fantastic spot to do some serious people-watching.
Address: 300 Water Street, Vancouver
With a sun-drenched patio, The Charles Bar is the ideal spot to enjoy a sunny Sunday afternoon. The Charles Bar offers some great food and drink options and if you want to move inside to watch the game, the Cordova Street locale has a number of screens dotted around the room.
Address: 136 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Jules Casual French Bistro is home to a very sweet sidewalk patio. Although the patio is not overly huge it is definitely worth a mention, as sitting outdoors enjoying the kitchen’s authentic hearty French bistro fare is an absolute delight. The patio’s petite size is also reminiscent of eating a coffee and pastry breakfast on the cobbled streets of Paris.
Address: 216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
This microbrewery sits on the fringe of Gastown, just a stone’s throw from Waterfront Station. Not only does the brewpub offer its own house beers with range of tasty pub grub, but it also boasts a sizable patio with a retractable awning. Grab a seat and soak up the sun’s glorious rays. If this patio is filled up, there’s still the covered patio alongside the west side of the popular restaurant.
Address: 375 Water Street, Vancouver
A popular hangout for students and young travellers alike, thanks to the attached hostel, The Cambie Pub’s patio serves cheap beer and an eclectic social scene.
Address: 300 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Situated in Waterfront Station, Rogue is a convenient spot for SkyTrain and SeaBus users. Not only is its proximity to transport a huge plus but it also offers a welcoming wraparound patio. Benefiting from all day sun, patrons who take a seat on Rogue’s patio will be able to make the most of Vancouver’s summery times.
Address: 601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Offering 50 taps of local and imported craft beer, Alibi Room on Alexander Street is the perfect spot for throwing back a cold one or enjoying a casual weekend brunch in the sun. You’ll have to act fast here to sit outside, with only a few sought-after tables lining the street on its sidewalk patio.
Address: 157 Alexander Street, Vancouver
With files from Jess Fleming and Hanna McLean.